Fifa has fined the Hong Kong Football Federation $15,087 and the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) $45,000 (€41,000) after crowd incidents at recent 2022 World Cup qualifying home games.
The HKFF’s fine was issued for local fans booing and whistling the Chinese national anthem during the game against Iran on September 10. The Disciplinary Commission of Fifa reprimanded the fans for “disturbance during national anthems” and “use of objects to transmit a message inappropriate for sports events”.
The PSSI’s fine was for an incident at the qualifier between Indonesia and Malaysia in Jakarta on September 5. The game was halted after home fans threw flares and water bottles at the away section. The Football Association of Malaysia made an official complaint about the incident to the AFC and Fifa.
PSSI’s secretary-general Ratu Tisha Destria said on Wednesday: “We respect the legal process and Fifa’s decisions”, and said changes were being made to ensure violence “will not happen in the future”.
Indonesia’s next World Cup qualifying game against Vietnam has been moved from Jakarta to Bali to avoid further crowd trouble.